“The Myth of Nuclear Deterrence,” a new video from the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation, challenges the Cold War theory that nuclear deterrence keeps us safe. Using computer animation, the five-minute video touches on many of the reasons why nuclear deterrence can fail and the catastrophic consequences of such a failure.
Reviewer:palos verdes -
December 21, 2012 Subject:
An Okay Argument for Nuclear Disarmament
This film argues for the elimination of nuclear weapons. I find that an important objective for the human race, since they threaten our existence as a species. I believe that General Smedley Butler of the USMC described it best when he described war as a racket.
Nuclear war is an extension of that racket. However, human beings seem to be more in love with weapons of mass destruction than in seeing them abolished. This is especially true of the United States and Russia, in spite of an end to the cold war.
This little film, which states a simple argument regarding deterrence, would make a stronger case if it called itself "Abolishing Nuclear Weapons".
The fact is neither the US nor Russia ever took deterrence seriously, or they would have placed their weapons out in the open where all could see.
Deterrence was a dodge, pure and simple, to stop our citizens from seeing how much money was stolen by the military industrial complex to provide zero security.
The Wall Street Journal reported 20 years ago that the Pentagon could not account for 1 trillion dollars. A racket indeed.
December 21, 2012 Subject:
Total nuclear disarmament?
Realistically, what are the odds of "total nuclear disarmament"? Approximately zero. While deterrence relies on an "unproven theory of human behavior" [one which has held true since WW-II], an alternate "theory of human behavior" which posits humans will trust one another to totally disarm is much much harder to believe! Does anyone seriously think there is any possibility that there could never be any hidden U235, plutonium, or thorium around, for someone to re-establish a new monopoly of nuclear force? Ever?
The only way to even try to ensure this, would be to establish a global totalitarian military force - as in the movie "Things to Come". Even that wouldn't work, and would really just end up as global feudalism / slavery by whoever is in charge of the military monopoly.
Total nuclear disarmament, as mouthed by our current peace-prize winning, hellfire shooting, drone wielding, child murdering faux commander in chief, would be nothing of the kind. Fourth-generation nuclear weapons, under some new marketable name, are probably ready to take the place of the current nuclear arsenal anyway. That's why this faux C in C gave so much money to nuclear weapons development, while at the same time calling for "total disarmament." That, if ever achieved, leaves the US with a new, probably fusion-only, 'nuclear' weapons monopoly again.
Which is probably the real purpose behind slick, expensive, enjoyable productions like this one.
And since nuclear weapons are really here to stay, here's what you can do in real life to protect yourself from them:
Produced by: Nuclear Age Peace Foundation
Written by: David Krieger, Rick Wayman, Erik Choquette
Directed and Edited by: Erik Choquette
Original Score by: Davey Frew
Narration: Adam Behr, Jessica Vasquez
Produced in association with Chipotle Pictures